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Men, 200 m
              
All records considered statistically valid, but some of them, were unratified for various reasons.
   - Record was ratified           *   - Record was repeated Chart
Manual Timing
  24.0y Percy Thornton GBR London Feb 24, 1866
  23.2y Charles Emery GBR London May 19, 1866
  23.0y William Colett GBR London Nov 24, 1866
  22.8y Edward Colbeck GBR London May 31, 1867
  22.8*y John Reay GBR London May 17, 1873
  22.8*y Montague Sherman GBR 1875
  22.6y Frederic Elborough GBR London Oct 07, 1876
  22.5y Lawrence Myers USA New York Sep 15, 1881
  22.2y Milroy Cowie GBR London Sep 22, 1883
  21.8y Harry Hutchens GBR London May 11, 1885
  21.8*y Luther Cary USA New York May 31, 1891
  21.6y Harry Jewett USA Montreal Sep 24, 1892
  21.4y Jim Maybury USA Chicago Jun 05, 1897
  21.4*y Robert Kerr CAN Toronto Sep 11, 1908
  21.4 Robert Kerr CAN Toronto Sep 26, 1908
  21.3*y Jack Donaldson AUS Glasgow Jul 26, 1911
21.2y William Applegarth GBR London Jul 04, 1914
  21.2*y Charles Paddock USA Paris May 06, 1923
  21.2*y Harry Evans USA Colombes Oct 04, 1924
  20.6y Roland Locke USA Lincoln May 01, 1926
  20.6*y James Carlton AUS Sydney Jan 16, 1932
  20.6(HT) Ralph Metcalfe USA Budapest Aug 12, 1933
20.6*y Andrew Stanfield USA Philadelphia May 26, 1951
20.6 Andrew Stanfield USA Los Angeles Jun 28, 1952
  20.6(HT) Arthur Bragg USA Köln Jul 29, 1953
  20.6(HT) Heinz Fütterer FRG Köln Sep 04, 1955
  20.6* Bobby Morrow USA Berkeley Jun 16, 1956
20.6* Thane Baker USA Bakersfield Jun 23, 1956
  20.6* Andrew Stanfield USA Bakersfield Jun 23, 1956
  20.6* Bobby Morrow USA Los Angeles Jun 30, 1956
  20.6* Thane Baker USA Santa Ana Oct 27, 1956
20.6* Bobby Morrow USA Melbourne Nov 27, 1956
20.6* Manfred Germar GER Wuppertal Oct 01, 1958
  20.6* Ray Norton USA San José May 02, 1959
  20.6* Ray Norton USA Göteborg Aug 04, 1959
20.6* Ray Norton USA Berkeley Mar 19, 1960
20.6* Ray Norton USA Philadelphia Apr 30, 1960
20.5y Peter Radford GBR Wolverhampton May 28, 1960
20.5* Ray Norton USA Palo Alto Jul 02, 1960
20.5 Stone Johnson USA Palo Alto Jul 02, 1960
20.5** Livio Berruti ITA Rome Sep 03, 1960
20.5* Livio Berruti ITA Rome Sep 03, 1960
20.5*y Paul Drayton USA Walnut Jun 23, 1962
  20.5* Robert Hayes USA Pointe-Pierre Feb 10, 1963
  20.5*y Robert Hayes USA Coral Gables Mar 02, 1963
  20.4y Henry Carr USA Tempe Mar 19, 1963
20.3y Henry Carr USA Tempe Mar 23, 1963
20.2y Henry Carr USA Tempe Apr 04, 1964
20.0y Tommie Smith USA Sacramento Jun 11, 1966
19.8 Tommie Smith USA Mexico City Oct 16, 1968
19.8* Donald Quarrie JAM Cali Aug 03, 1971
19.8*y Donald Quarrie JAM Eugene Jun 07, 1975
Electronic Timing
  19.92 John Carlos USA Echo Summit Sep 12, 1968
19.83 Tommie Smith USA Mexico City Oct 16, 1968
19.72 Pietro Mennea ITA Mexico City Sep 12, 1979
19.66 Michael Johnson USA Atlanta Jun 23, 1996
19.32 Michael Johnson USA Atlanta Aug 01, 1996
19.30 Usain Bolt JAM Beijing Aug 20, 2008
19.19 Usain Bolt JAM Berlin Aug 20, 2009